It would be good to say that Juventus faced stiff competition in their 2-0 win over Palermo on Sunday but the truth is the Sicilians came to Turin to avoid embarrassment rather than having a go at the champions.
With Palermo showing no ambition or interest in taking hold of the ball to create their own chances, it was a one-sided affair, and this brings with it wider issues about the state of Serie A football and the Champions League.
Italian teams are struggling in Europe's premier competition because of the type of games they are forced to play domestically, such as the one between Juventus and Palermo on Sunday. When sides like Juventus have it so easy, they are not allowed to grow into a better team as they are simply not being challenged.
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